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• Other issues of great concern were more skate parks, indoor skate parks, getting sponsors,
and negativity/a need for stronger community were the most common additional issues
described in open-ended responses
• HHF skaters described sponsorship issues much more often than the general skater
population


SUMMARY OF MAJOR ISSUES

EDUCATION:
Skaters seem to struggle with school and are apprehensive about attending college.

CAREER/INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS:
At least half of all NYC skaters are not in college or participating in job training programs, most
are employed in primarily unskilled, part-time jobs in the service sector that make it difficult for
them to afford housing, and they seem to have virtually no meaningful educational or career
guidance.

INTERESTS:
Skaters’ interests are driven by and revolve around skateboarding and skateboarding-related
activities (e.g., video/film, photography, apparel design), but may not reflect skills that are most
marketable/in-demand in the job market and/or which have the best long-term career/earning
potential.

COMMUNITY-WIDE ISSUES:
Skaters have frequent contact with the police. There is a great deal of drug and alcohol use in
the community. There seems to be a lack of functional cohesion in the skate community, which
may be related to the perception of “Negativity”.
















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